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Also Known As: FALCON and Small Launch Vehicle
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: SLV
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Description: The Small Launch Vehicle (SLV) is a responsive and affordable space launch system aimed at placing small satellites into low earth orbit and providing low cost means of launching sub-orbital hypersonic technology vehicles. The small satellite payload reference for the SLV program is a satellite weighing 1,000 pounds (450 kg) placed into a circular orbit at 100 nautical mile (185 km) altitude. The SLV target launch cost is less than $5 million.

The SLV is being developed under joint DARPA/US Air Force FALCON program and has been divided into three phases. SLV phase I focus on concept definition with nine contractors involved in the conceptual designs, performance predictions, cost estimates, development and demonstration work. Phase II will conclude with flight demonstrations of the SLV launch system integrated with a payload. The 36-month phase II (2004-2007) will down-select to one or more contractors. Phase III (2007-2010), 30-month duration, is meant to test the Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV) HTV-2 and reusable HTV-3 integrated with the SLV.

On September 15, 2004, the US Air Force and DARPA awarded funding to four teams of the SLV phase II. Airllaunch LLC, Lockheed-Martin, Microcosm Inc and Space Exploration Technologies Inc teams were awarded an other transaction for prototypes agreement ranging from $11.7 to $8 million. The Phase IIb will culminate in 2007 with flight tests of the SLV carrying a satellite payload. This program was cancelled.

SLV Specifications

Payload: 500 kilogram (1,102 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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SLV News

There are 3 news between
7 Oct 2005 and 14 Jan 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014China Developing WU-14 Hypersonic Cruise Missile
Tuesday, May 5, 2009Dual-Mode Ramjet Engine Successfully Tested at Mach 4 Flight Conditions
Friday, October 7, 2005Exploring New C-17 Capability

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